University of Georgia graduate and current Georgia House member Paul C. Broun (GA-10) released a statement which included his bid to run for United States Senate. Announced on Feb. 6, Broun will run to take the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) in the 2014 race.
Holding a rally in Atlanta, Broun said his intent to run arose as a result of the “out-of-control spending in Washington DC,” with such unnecessary spending having become “our nation’s enemy.”
A campaign spokesperson for Broun said spending cuts is the first and foremost priority for his campaign.
“He believes firmly in advocating to stop the wasteful in Washington,” she said, “and he believes he will be the only candidate in this race to focus on cutting spending and shrinking the size and scope of the federal government.”
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to allow “fake Democrats” to be placed on primary ballots for the state’s May 8 recall elections.
Republicans said there was nothing to prevent them from running phony Democrats in the recall primaries, which resulted from Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill, which drastically curtailed the rights of public workers’ unions.
Republicans call the ringers “protest candidates,” and the Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections, said there is nothing wrong with it.
The Government Accountability Board used both terms - fake Democrats and protest candidates - in its statement announcing its unanimous vote.
“We are being asked … to determine whether candidates are lying,” Board Member Timothy Vocke said in the statement issued on the board’s letterhead. “That is an impossible task for this board or anybody else to solve. It is something strictly for the voters to do.” (Ellipsis in statement.)
Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three incumbent Republican face recall elections, slated for June 5. A fourth Senate seat is open.
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Wednesday for 18 felony convictions stemming from trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by Barack Obama, shaking people down in exchange for campaign contributions and lying to federal agents.
Blagojevich told the court that he made “terrible mistakes” and was “unbelievably sorry” for his crimes.
“I am responsible,” Blagojevich said, apologizing for his actions and his earlier assertions that he was unjustly targeted by prosecutors.
The Democratic congresswoman, who survived an assassination attempt in Tucson last month, is still undergoing rehabilitation in Houston for a gunshot wound to the head. Physicians have warned that her recovery will proceed at its own pace.
But even though questions about her health remain, Giffords’s astonishingly rapid recovery has left Democrats in Arizona and Washington looking to her as a potential candidate to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl.
Giffords was mentioned as one possible contender for the 2012 race during a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats on Thursday, two sources with knowledge of the meeting said.